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6 things to do this weekend in SoCal

File: The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in 2010.
File: The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books in 2010.
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For the second weekend in a row, hordes of Southern Californians will be in the desert (thanks, Coachella!), so take advantage of the smaller crowds at other shindigs — like a giant book fair, Record Store Day celebrations, a "spring fling" festival for the arts and more. See our full roundup.


Bergamot Station Arts Center Spring Fling 

Brace yourself for a major inspiration overload (in a good way, of course) and soak up over 25 gallery exhibitions, local vendors, food and more. From silent disco yoga to interactive art project booths, the sprawling creative arts complex will provide a plethora of opportunities to get those creative juices flowing. Pro tip: Avoid any potential road rage situations and take the Metro for an easily accessible journey. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
WHERE: Bergamot Station, Santa Monica | MAP 
COST: Free 


L.A. Times Festival of Books 

Whether you're a fan of mystery thrillers, romance novels, historical fiction or timely memoirs, there's something for every kind of bibliophile at this gathering. While it's free to roam around and peruse from book vendors, the real magic is in the schedule of author panels. Catch one of your favorite writers from a from a jam-packed list — noteworthy appearances include Margaret Atwood, Megan Abbott and more. You can even catch high-profile names from actor Bryan Cranston to Rep. John Lewis. Some events might already be booked, so snag your passes quick! 

WHEN: Saturday, April 22 - Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m - 5 p.m. 
WHERE: Various locations across the University of Southern California
COST: Free 


Grand opening of Los Angeles State Historic Park 

It's been a long time coming — over a decade to be exact — and it's time to celebrate. A quick trip on the Gold Line will score you a full day of music, family activities and of course, food. The newly revamped public space will no doubt provide some lush green backdrops for Instagram photos. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. 
WHERE: 1245 North Spring Street, Chinatown | MAP 
COST: Free 


Record Store Day 

A quick search of your zip code will let you know which stores in your area will be honoring the day — from industry giants like Amoeba Records in Hollywood to smaller independents to Atomic Records in Burbank and more. Each location will feature its own take on the day, from unique vinyls to intimate music performances. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 22 — Hours vary 
WHERE: Various locations across the city 
COST: Free (unless you load up on cool vinyl)


California Poppy Festival 

You may or may not have already checked out the blanket of orange flora covering portions of the Antelope Valley. If not, celebrate the blossoming state flower with two days of live performances, delicious bites and more. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 10 a.m. 
WHERE: Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park, Lancaster | MAP 
COST: Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids | Get tickets 


Earth Day in Whittier 

Yet another opportunity to show appreciation for Mother Earth, featuring local speakers who will share government and corporate efforts to reduce, recycle and conserve. Family activities and live entertainment will also be part of this day. 

WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
WHERE: Greenleaf Grassy Lot, Whittier | MAP 
COST: Free

How are you spending your weekend? Let us know on Twitter @lizmoonyoz and @LeoHasACat.